The McCloskeys’ attorney says they’re certain ‘no felony committed here’
The famed St. Louis couple facing felony charges after pointing guns at BLM rioters who were trespassing past their home made their first appearance in court Monday morning. Mark and Patricia McCloskey made a brief appearance downtown at the Carnahan Courthouse. Their attorney, Joel Schwartz, said the case has not gone before a grand jury so it was continued for the time being.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner charged both Mark and Patricia McCloskey with a Class E Felony of unlawful use of a weapon.
In July, Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who are both personal injury attorneys in their 60s. They also face a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault. Gardner said in an interview with the AP that the McCloskeys’ actions “risked creating a violent situation during an otherwise nonviolent protest.”
The couple lawfully protested their estate back in June who were marching through their gated neighborhood on their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home, as previously reported by 100% FED Up.
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The McCloskeys said they feared for their safety. Schwartz said the couple will plead not guilty.
“We are simply anxious to remove all the noise from this case, move the case forward, and have the facts heard by a jury and let the jury decide whether the McCloskey’s committed any felony offenses because we are convinced with absolute certainty that there was no felony committed here,” Schwartz said.
In contrast to what the viral video footage of the incident shows, Judge Gardner claims, “It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening manner — that is unlawful in the city of St. Louis.” An attorney for the couple, Joel Schwartz, called the decision to charge “disheartening as I unequivocally believe no crime was committed,” in a statement. Supporters of the McCloskeys said they were legally defending their $1.15 million home.
The McCloskeys have said many times they were defending themselves, with tensions high in St. Louis and other cities over race and law enforcement. They said that the crowd of demonstrators broke an iron gate marked with “No Trespassing” and “Private Street” signs, and that some violently threatened them, according to Fox News.
The famed couple spoke at the Republican National Convention last week warning American patriots of the hypocritical, radical Left.
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A spokesperson for the circuit attorney said the office had no comment beyond just that the McCloskeys made their initial court appearance today and the case was continued until October 6.